Floral features created by pupils for Bury St Edmunds charity are stolen

Amanda Bloomfield, chief executive of Gatehouse
Amanda Bloomfield, chief executive of Gatehouse
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Bosses at a charity that helps the needy have hit out at thieves for stealing hanging baskets and planters created by community conscious pupils.

Horringer Court Middle children made the two hanging baskets and eight pots for Gatehouse during a community day to replace ones which had already been taken from outside the charity’s headquarters, in Dettingen Way.

Amanda Bloomfield, chief executive at Gatehouse, said their generosity had been ‘selfishly spoiled’.

The incident is the third time since last summer floral displays have been snatched from the charity, which provides day centre services for the elderly and other family support.

Mrs Bloomfield said: “It’s a great shame people have had to resort to taking the baskets especially when we try to help people in need.”

Tania Johnson, head at Horringer Court Middle, said: “They were so pleased to have been able to help out but are now very disappointed to learn that their efforts have been stolen too. They were saddened to discover that there are people in their community who feel it is okay to take from others.”

n Meanwhile, Gatehouse is appealing for volunteers to help facilitate activities and provide interaction and stimulation for older people. Volunteers are needed for a regular commitment of one session a week - Monday or Thursday.

Contact 01284 754967 or email info@gatehouse.org.uk